The Ohio Oil Boom: 1885-95

A display at the Wood County Historical Center & Museum in Bowling Green, Ohio tells stories of late nineteenth century oil wells.

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This 20 hp Ajax steam engine, built in the mid-1880s, was used to power drilling operations. The Ajax has a 10-by-12-inch bore and stroke, a 60-inch-diameter flywheel and a 30-inch-diameter belt pulley.